While it may be a bit chillier outside now, that isn't going to stop Newcastle from putting on a show. Another micro-festival, Winter Live: Unplugged, kicks off this Saturday (23rd June) on Darby Street & to get you keen we are going to be showcasing a few talents from the awesome line-up of talent. First up, is the finger-picking aficionado, Adam Miller.
Adam Miller is one of Newcastle's prized guitar players - honing his skills over many years to create a sound that is groovy, sophisticated and smooooth af. Heavily influenced by jazz (which he also lectures in at The University of Newcastle), his contemporary guitar sound is really incredible and a talent that has taken him around the globe.
You know the famous Woodstock Guitar Festival? Well, Miller has been there and done that, as well as sharing the stage with some epic names such as Matt Schofield, Russell Morris & Ben Gillies (of Silverchair fame - that's pretty freakin' sweet). We could probably go on and on for days about the epic places Miller has been & the accolades he has received - he really is one of Australia's guitar heroes (yes, I pictured him playing the game too).
Luckily for us Novocastrians, there is an awesome opportunity to see Adam play at this weekends Winter Live: Unplugged, where he will be bringing his solo A-game to the Jean-Bas Laneway stage from 4pm. The performance will feature songs from his newest album, The Defining of Success, an album full of tunes that explores how important it is for you to define your own successes, which may just spur some inspiration to buy something from the gorgeous Jean Bas Studio - you know, to celebrate your successes 😜
Ahead of his performance, we got to have a quick chat about his sound, what tricks he has up his sleeve for his performance and the current Newcastle music scene & how to keep that going strong. The full interview can be found below...
How would you describe your music? Try 5 words or less, if you’re feeling creative.
Improvised instrumental alt. Guitar pop
What can people expect from your performance at Winter Live: Unplugged?
Expect a sound a bit bigger and groovier than you would expect from one acoustic guitar. I’ll be playing twisted solo guitar versions of the tunes on my new album ‘The Defining Of Success’. I usually end up playing some slightly bent versions of songs most people know. The great thing about playing solo is I can take things any way I want in the moment.
As a musician/artist in Newcastle, what changes would you like to see occur in Newcastle? Do you think changes need to be made to Newy’s current music scene?
I actually think it’s pretty awesome. There’s such a variety of styles and talent coming out of Newcastle and taking on the work. I guess I live in the scene that’s a little left of centre and we have great support from venues like the Grand Hotel (run by Newcastle Improvised Music Association / NIMA), the Oriental Hotel, the Basement, the Stag & Hunter, & 5 Sawyers, to name a few.
I feel that if we can keep a few of the smaller gigs and listening rooms going, plus find a few more, we’ll have a fantastic base for artists to grow.
Do you have any favourite local acts - if so, who & why?
Oh so many! I’ll start with my friends Jason Lowe, Daniel March, Marissa Saroca, Holly Clayton, Mr Sauce, Dan Southward, Georgie Jones. I guess in all honestly I’ve played with all these people and I love their passion, creativity and the willingness to collaborate and create.
If you were to suggest a shop, a foodie hot spot and a must-see location to someone in Newcastle - what would they be?
Sushi Castle at Honeysuckle is killer Japanese food
A walk or mountain bike ride through Glenrock Lagoon
When and where can we catch you for Winter Live: Unplugged?
Jean Bas Laneway Stage at 4pm which is curated by NIMA - a little jazz focused!
There you have it, to check out more about Adam Miller you can find gig updates, new music and other goodies on his website or social links below. I also recommend you check Adam's set out at Winter Live: Unplugged on the 23rd of June!